The Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida
Traditional Start Time is 1:00 PM EST
Defending Champion: Trevor Bayne
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series kicks off its 2012 racing season with this Sunday’s running of the 54th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. It’s called “The Great American Race” and the “The Super Bowl of Nascar”. It’s the first point race of the 2012 racing season and it is by far the sport’s biggest race of the year.
FAST FACTS: Carl Edwards won the pole last Sunday with a lap at 194.738 mph, the fastest pole speed since Jeff Gordon at 195.067 in 1999. Greg Biffle was second, giving Ford and Roush Fenway Racing a front-row sweep. Kurt Busch is making his first points start for Phoenix Racing. In other changes, Kasey Kahne is driving for Hendrick Motorsports, Clint Bowyer for Michael Waltrip Racing, David Ragan for Front Row Motorsports and A.J. Allmendinger for Penske Racing. Danica Patrick is making her first Daytona 500 start, joining Janet Guthrie (1977, 1980) and Shawna Robinson (2002) as the only women to drive in the race. In last week’s warmup at Daytona, Kyle Busch won the Budweiser Shootout, passing defending series champion Tony Stewart at the finish. Last night, James Buescher wins Nationwide race after last-lap pileup. The last time a NASCAR champion (Tony Stewart) went on to win the Daytona 500 the following season was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Stewart has won at Daytona 17 times. Dale Earnhardt’s winless streak is now at 129 races. Ten different drivers have won the last ten Daytona 500s. The Daytona 500 has never been rained out. Today, there is a 70% chance of rain.
Jeff Gordon’s crazy wreck in last week’s Daytona Budweiser shootout
Tony Stewart: 8/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr: 17/2
Kyle Busch: 10-1 Edwards: 11/1
Kevin Harvick: 11/1
Jeff Gordon: 12/1
Jimmie Johnson 14/1
Matt Kenseth: 18/1
Brad Kesolowski: 20/1
Kurt Busch: 20/1
Danica Patrick 35/1
Trevor Bayne: 40/1
Win: #18 Kyle Busch: Say what you want about this guy but he’s one of the most talented driver’s in the sport … EVER !!! He’s cut his Truck and Nationwide schedule way back to concentrate on Sprint Cup. He drove the wheels off the #18 last week saving the car at least three times. He came from 9th on the final restart (two laps) of last weekend’s Budweiser Shootout to nip Tony Stewart on the wire. It likely won’t happenen but NOBODY is better at botoming out a field on an open lead than this guy.
Place: #14 Tony Stewart: Smoke has never won this race and would dearly love to get the monkey off his back here. His 17 other wins over this oval have come in the minor events. Watch Stewart lay in the weeds for 200 laps, survive the carnage uo front, then drive during money time.
Show: #24 Jeff Gordon: A three-time Daytona 500 winner who has had mixed results that last few years. He had plenty of car last weekend before his fiery wreck. The clock is ticking on the Rainbow Warrior’s career and a win here would be icing on the cake. Definitely in the mix.
Longshot Special: #9 Marcos Ambrose: How can you not love this Aussie who lives by the mantra, “checka or wrecka”. He’s had good cars all week and is absolutely fearless. Maybe too much soo. If he can stay out of trouble he win be around at the end.
Winning Car Number
SP3 says take #1-#23
Will the Winning Car have an Odd or Even number
SP3 says take the Even
Other Props available in different shops
Better Busch brother finish: SP3 says take Kyle
Will Danica finish on the lead lap: SP3 says NO
Over/Under Caution Flags (8): SP3 says Over
Over/Under Caution Laps (25): SP3 say Over
Over/Under Leaders (20): SP3 says Under
Over/Under Lead Change (25): SP3 says Under